A group of asylum seekers from the Eglinton direct provision centre Salthill, Galway,  who gathered to speak to Irish Times journalist Carl O’Brien in Galway recently. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In classic Government understatement, a confidential document described Ireland’s direct provision system as “not ideal”. The same document adds, howe(...)

Senator Ronan Mullen with asylum seekers Maurice Kiesse, Patricia Murambinda and Gerald Musekiwa before his Private Members’ motion in the Seanad. Photograph: Alan Betson 3:03

Internal Government briefing material claims any alternative to the direct provision system for asylum seekers may result in a “pull factor” for those(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: ‘What is happening now is a review of the situation as the programme comes to a close.’ Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Fine Gael Senator Hildegarde Naughton has said Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar should address the Seanad to clear up any confusion about the futu(...)

Direction issued to An Garda Síochána over access to solicitor following Supreme Court judgment

Suspects in Garda custody can now have their solicitor present during interviews after a major policy shift by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DP(...)

 Ivana Bacik: costs could be minimised by using existing District Court structures and procedures, and by limiting the pilot court to offenders who pleaded guilty to summary offences only. Photogaph: Cyril Byrne

The Cabinet has accepted a proposal from Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to establish a pilot community court in Dublin city centre(...)

Senator  Hildegarde Naughton said the costs involved in the establishment of  Irish Water were justifiable and “should have been published in itemised fashion from the outset and defended”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The Irish Water “debacle” could have been avoided by straight talking at the outset, a Government Senator has said.Criticising the way the costs invol(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the House’s fate had been decided. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet party leaders in the Oireachtas to discuss Seanad reform. Mr Kenny said while it was important and good to discuss the(...)

Cheesiest Moment award: Enda Kenny’s personal note in his letter to David Cameron on the royal birth.

Enda’s speech on the Magdalene women was a stand-out moment. The emotion of the occasion got to everyone in the Dáil chamber that special night in (...)

How the Seanad voted on the Thirty-Second Amendment of the Constitution (Abolition of Seanad Eireann) Bill 2013, allowing a referendum on the future o(...)

Hildegarde Naughton: Seanad newcomer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The nomination by Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Galway West councillor Hildegarde Naughton as a Senator has been described as “vindictive” and a misuse of (...)